Use of trees by the Texas ratsnake (Elaphe obsoleta) in eastern Texas

  • Authors: Pierce, Josh B.; Fleet, Robert R.; McBrayer, Lance; Rudolph, D. Craig
  • Publication Year: 2008
  • Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
  • Source: Southeastern Naturalist. 7(2): 359-366

Abstract

We present information on the use of trees by Elaphe obsoleta (Texas Ratsnake) in a mesic pine-hardwood forest in eastern Texas. Using radiotelemetry, seven snakes (3 females, 4 males) were relocated a total of 363 times from April 2004 to May 2005, resulting in 201 unique locations. Snakes selected trees containing cavities and used hardwoods and snags for a combined 95% of arboreal locations. Texas Ratsnake arboreal activity peaked during July and August, well after the peak of avian breeding activity, suggesting arboreal activity involves factors other than avian predation.

  • Citation: Pierce, Josh B.; Fleet, Robert R.; McBrayer, Lance; Rudolph, D. Craig. 2008. Use of trees by the Texas ratsnake (Elaphe obsoleta) in eastern Texas. Southeastern Naturalist. 7(2): 359-366.
  • Posted Date: December 16, 2008
  • Modified Date: August 1, 2012
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